Le Colonial —

French-Vietnamese Fare Debuts on Fifth Avenue South

Just when you thought Fifth Avenue South couldn’t get any better, along comes a new addition to our family of ever-growing divine and diverse restaurants.

At the close of 2023, Le Colonial opened its doors on 457 Fifth Avenue South to welcome Neapolitans and worldwide visitors to a dining experience previously unavailable, but longingly sought by many, in our beloved city. Acclaimed for its timeless French-Vietnamese cuisine and dazzling interiors, Le Colonial’s new Fifth Avenue South location meets the same high standards of splendid fare and sophisticated atmosphere for which its sister restaurants in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Delray Beach, and Lake Forest, IL are known.

For the past 30 years, owners and restaurateurs Rick Wahlstedt and Joe King, have been magically transporting Le Colonial guests to the Saigon of the 1920s, celebrating the city’s seductive spirit and vivid flavors of that time. Expect the same magic on Fifth Avenue South, where the ambience is a feast for the eyes and the fare is the healthiest and freshest of locally sourced vegetables and premium seafood and meats the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer, all prepared with perfection and fragrant herbs and spices.

"We are delighted to be opening on one of the most beautiful streets in Florida and believe Le Colonial will be an exciting addition to the dining scene," says Wahlstedt. "We look forward to meeting everyone in Naples and having them experience the romantic interiors and Vietnamese cuisine."

The restaurant menu is a creation of acclaimed Vietnamese chef and cookbook author Nicole Routhier, National Culinary Director Hassan Obaye, and Chef Moosah Reaume, Le Colonial Executive Chef for Naples. Dishes like Banh Cuon chicken and mushroom ravioli, Ca Song, a spicy yellowfin tuna tartare, Ca Chim, halibut with wok tossed fennel and lemongrass, and Bo Luc Lac or shaking beef, a Le Colonial specialty since 1993 made with caramelized heritage Angus beef, are just a few of the exciting menu choices.

Prior to joining Le Colonial, Reaume was Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Boca Raton, Executive Chef at Public Chicago Hotel and Pump Room Restaurant by Jean Georges Vongerichten, with whom Reaume worked previously at The Mark in New York City.

The 6,500 square foot restaurant is a collaboration among renowned architectural and design firm Knauer Inc. of Chicago, artist and painter Jonas Wickman of Stockholm, Sweden, and DF Creative Designs of Connecticut. The dining room seats 74 guests and features period artwork, slow-moving fans, and Parisian light fixtures, among other special touches reminiscent of a by-gone Saigon. There is also alfresco patio dining available for more than 60 guests and an intimate cocktail lounge, with mahogany wall paneling, herring bone wood flooring, and plush seating for 40 on sofas and fauteuil chairs. In the lounge, guests can enjoy an array of hand-crafted cocktails from Le Colonial’s newest offerings, curated in collaboration with preeminent mixologist Danilo Bozovic of Employees Only, and author of Barkeep: The Art of Mixology, Bar and Cocktails, Best Cocktail Book 2022.

Reviews for Le Colonial are already outstanding with Benjamin of Naples, a French-American who loves Vietnamese food, writing, "The restaurant ambience, design and interior look amazing…On the culinary side, the papaya salad and the pork rolls were traditionally hand-made and tasty. The grilled red snapper was just amazing, and I will come back 100 times just for it..."

Wahlstedt made waves in 1993 when he opened the first Le Colonial in Manhattan. That restaurant’s success eventually led to a partnership with Joe King and the two of them opening Le Colonial in Chicago’s Gold Coast in 1996. The rest is history with four cities after that and now Naples, which is part of an exciting five-location expansion for the dynamic duo.

"Considering that Le Colonial has been in Chicago for 25 years and Naples has a large number of second-home residents from Chicago and the Midwest in general, it's a natural for Le Colonial," said Joe King. "We've long been fans of the area and have been waiting patiently to line up the perfect spot to share our renowned style of elevated Vietnamese cuisine, paired with unparalleled service and ambience. We feel the bustling and beautiful community in Naples is ideally suited to appreciate the unique vibe and vibrant tastes of Le Colonial."

Well, we feel the same way and are so pleased to have Le Colonial here and part of our impressive family of 220 businesses that continues to grow. French-Vietnamese on Fifth Avenue South... romantic, reminiscent of a bygone era with a resplendent menu…you can’t ask for more!!

Best wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!!


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Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Join us here on Fifth Avenue South for these upcoming events.

Naples 28th Annual New Year's Art Fair

January 6 & 7 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Naples Art Institute hosts 250+ artists from across the country and abroad who display their artwork in Cambier Park.

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Gallery One Grand Opening!

January 11 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate with us at Gallery One's grand opening with live music, cocktails and live art.

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Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye

Thru January 28

Naples Art Institute is thrilled to announce our new exhibition featuring the renowned Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely.

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Fine Art & Crafts Show

January 13 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Naples Artcrafters is an association of artists and craft artisans that sponsors juried shows in Cambier Park.

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Naples Concert Band Concert

January 14 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cambier Park "Cinemagic!" is a popular movie music and family friendly fun event with guest artist Heather Ivy.

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Kitchen Tour & More 2024

January 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Naples Woman's Club Tour of four beautiful homes in Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, and Old Naples by coach and trolley. Two tours offered 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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18th Annual Empty Bowls Naples

January 20 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cambier Park Help to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Select a handcrafted bowl made by local potters, artists, educators, and students. Enjoy soups from 50 local restaurants and clubs, a silent auction, a pottery sale, paint-a-bowl, and entertainment.

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Flea Market

January 27 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For years, the Naples Woman’s Club has held a Flea Market at the Clubhouse. Naples Woman’s Club members and community members have donated countless objects of clothing, housewares, electronics, toys and much more. All items are sold to support the charitable activities of the Club or donated to various charitable organizations. Attendance is free and ample parking is available.

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January 10 thru 28

The Naples Players Meet your new best friend at The Naples Players' (TNP) production of Harvey! Take a trip down the rabbit hole and back to the 1940s with TNP's upcoming hilarious production all about loyalty, friendship, and acceptance: Harvey. Harvey will be performed offsite at Naples United Church of Christ in McSpadden Hall.

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The Fantasticks

January 18 thru February 11

Fall under the spell of The Fantasticks at The Naples Players! A romantic musical filled with plot twists and turns, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through life. Due to overwhelming demand, The Fantasticks was extended by two additional weeks. The Fantasticks will be performed offsite at Naples United Church of Christ in Beverly Hall while The Naples Players’ historic Fifth Avenue South building undergoes a $20 million renovation.

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The Refugees

January 11 thru February 4

Gulfshore Playhouse Equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking, The Refugees is a bold new comedy exploring patriotism, identity, and belonging.

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Meet & Greet the Artist at the VIP Opening!

January 10 thru 14

Aldo Castillo Gallery Fredy Villamil: A Tribute to Claude Monet. VIP Opening Reception, Wednesday, January 10, 2024. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Full Moon Tour

January 25 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Naples Historical Society Guests will have a rare opportunity to take a Docent-guided tour of Historic Palm Cottage™ lit up majestically under a full moon while enjoying a glass of wine and light refreshments. $25/per person - Member discounts are available. Reservations are required.

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Garden Side Chickee Chat

January 26 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Naples Historical Society Crystal Kinzel, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Collier County will address the “Future of Collier County” and take your questions. $8/per person - Member discounts are available.

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Evening on Fifth

January 11 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South, plus dining, shopping and more.

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Fifth Avenue South Business' Updates

Call of Africa's Native Visions Galleries

Sculptures That Make a Statement
Just in - new 2024 dolomite white stone collection by acclaimed Zimbabwean master sculptor Godfrey Zonde.

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African Safari
If you are longing to experience raw nature, vast skies, diverse ecosystems, and natural sounds, let us plan your safari. Experience our great passion first-hand! Ross Parker, a fourth generation African, who lives and breathes the African bushveld would like you to experience the Africa he calls home.

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Spa On Fifth

January - New Year, New You
Holiday Relief Massage - $180|50 min.
Fresh Start Facial - $170|50 min.
Recovery Treatment - $180|50 min.
Pause & Recharge Package - $360|100 min.

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East West Fine Art

Crème Brule and Champagne – Vistas of French Cities and Country Side. Exhibit by renowned French artist Herve Lenouvel. Herve is known for his stunning portrayals of gem-colored mountains and forests of the rugged Brittany and Northern France.

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